Damien Shannon

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like to be supplied with the selection criteria the BBC use when it comes to deciding who to select from among the many applicants to participate in the 'Question Time' audience.

Yours faithfully,

Damien Shannon

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Shannon,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, repeated below, which was received on 22 July
2010. We shall deal with your request as promptly as possible and, at
the latest, within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your
request please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20101013.

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Dear Fern,

I do not agree with the analysis provided by the BBC that the composition of an audience is for the purposes of journalism, as I do not believe that Question Time qualifies as Journalism.

The public request the right to partake in a public debate with their own politicians. The BBC discriminates between those who request this right for reasons which - at the moment - are kept secret.

I believe the publish interest in deducing that the discrimination exercised by the BBC in deciding who to invite is objective and fair outweighs the exemption the BBC have applied in claiming that the information relates to journalistic activity.

For this reason, I will be appealing to the Information Commissioner shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Damien Shannon

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please note, I was referring to the "public interest" - not the "publish interest" - in my previous email.

I was responding on a Blackberry and it is not easy to review what one has written on such a small device.

Yours faithfully,

Damien Shannon

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